Marimba maestro coming
Rising Zimbabwean marimba and drumming star, Blessing “Bled” Chimanga, will perform in Grahamstown next weekend, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April.
The performances are the finale to a week-long residency hosted by the Rhodes University Department of Music and Musicology and ILAM, in which Chimanga will give Rhodes music students workshops and master classes.
Chimanga is an internationally recognised musician, who has performed with the likes of Zimbabwean stars, Hope Masike and Chiwoniso Maraire as well as Eric Wainaina from Kenya and Mike Del Ferro from the Netherlands among a host of international stars.
The talented 25-year-old musician plays drums, marimba and percussion. He is also a music director, arranger, songwriter and singer.
Chimanga was recently named Best Marimba Coach in Africa after winning six awards at the International Marimba and Steelpan Competition in South Africa, which had more than 2 000 participants.
He will be giving Rhodes music students workshops and master classes at the International Library of African Music from 24 to 29 April.
His two final concerts in the Beethoven Room on Fri- day 28 April and Saturday 29 April, open to the public, start at 7pm. Tickets are available from the Rhodes Music Department.